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English Folk Revival

The English Folk Revival is sometimes seen as a phenomenon of the 1950s and 1960s but really the revival started in 1899 when Cecil Sharp saw a tradition that was in danger of becoming extinct and recorded it. He went on to collect and publish many songs and tunes and notes on traditions. Two societies were founded at the turn of the century - The English Folk Dance Society formed by Sharp in 1911 and The Folk-Song Society founded in 1898 which had Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams as members. These two societies merged in 1932 to become the EFDSS - The English Folk Dance and Song Society, based at Cecil Sharp House in London.

Although the folk revival slumped during the two World Wars, it managed to continue partly through schools and picked up considerably in the second half of the 20th century. The later 'revival' is often attributed to A.L Lloyd and Ewan MacColl in around 1950.

There was a similar American Folk Revival across the Herring Pond and one suspects in other places too.